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Learn how lớn make one of the most popular Korean teas – yujacha (yuja tea or yuzu tea) at home!

This Korean citron tea is made with exotic yuja fruit. The tea has a distinctive aroma & is delicious and comforting. A perfect drink for winter. (But really, for any other seasons!)

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WHAT IS YUJA TEA (KOREAN CITRON TEA)

Yuja tea / yuzu tea (yujacha, 유자차) is a herbal tea made with yuja-cheong (유자청) aka yuja citron marmalade. Typically, yuja-cheong is made with yuja fruit, sugar and/or honey at 1 to lớn 1 ratio.

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You make the tea by simply diluting 2-3 teaspoon worth of yuja-cheong in a cup of hot water.

You can also combine it with ice cubes & sparkling water and make some refreshinghoney citron iced tea. It is one of my favorite summer drinks.

The tea has a sweet và slightly sour taste, as well as a bitter sweet taste. Yuja is known to be rich in vitamic C and citric acid, so it is used as a herbal remedy lớn fight colds in Korea.

WHAT IS YUJA (YUZU FRUIT)

Yuja (유자, also known as yuzu) is a type of citrus fruit which originated from central trung quốc and tibet area.

Nowadays, it is mostly grown in China, Korea and Japan, though according to this Korean encyclopedia, Korean grown yuja has thicker skin & stronger fragrance than its counterparts.

Yuja looks like a smaller version of yellow grapefruit, but with more uneven skin. As for the taste, it is tangy, tart & bitter sweet – lượt thích lemon, mandarine orange & grapefruit all in one.

Yuja is most commonly used in marmalades known as yuja-cheong (as mentioned earlier) in Korea. Once you make yuja-cheong, you can easily transform this ingredient into a herbal tea, a dressing (e.g.yuzu sauce) or a dessert flavorer.

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Yuja Fruit / Yuzu Fruit

YUJA / YUZU SUBSTITUTES

Finding yuja isn’t an easy task for many people. (It wasn’t easy for me either! I had lớn drive 3 hours – one way, lớn visit a yuja farm in a nearby state. Even then I considered myself lucky.)

The quickest & easiest alternative solution for fresh yuja is buying a bottle of yuja-cheong from your local Korean, Asian grocer or Amazon. It is quite easy khổng lồ spot in the tea section isle. Obviously, all the hard work is already done for you in this case.

But if you love a DIY method và are unlucky with sourcing the yuja fruit, you could try using meyer lemon instead. (If you want to lớn learn about the difference between the regular lemon and meyer lemon, read about it from here.)

While it won’t give you the exact same taste as yuja, you can certainly mimic the taste. I’ve made the tea with my home grown meyer lemons before và the taste was just as good. On a bonus side, meyer lemon tea wasn’t as bitter as true yuja tea.

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Meyer Lemon

TIPS FOR PREPARING YUJA / YUZU FOR MARMALADE

As I mentioned briefly already, to make yuja tea you need to lớn make the tea base, yuja-cheong (yuja marmalade), first.

This process starts with thoroughly washing and drying the yuja. As you will be eating the peel of the yuja, you will want lớn scrub the skin very well. Many people use bi-carb soda and/or coarse salt to aid the cleansing process.

Then slicing the yuja fruit the right way is the next important step.

I noticed that many people like to thinly slice the whole fruit (vertically) & only separate out the seeds as you slice it. But, I lượt thích to prepare yuja by segmenting it. Why? Because the tea tastes better in my opinion. I will elaborate shortly after explaining the steps involved first.

Cross cut yuja in half. I find that it is easier lớn remove the seeds when the fruit is cut cross section rather than vertically cut.Remove any seeds from the yuja using a fork. There will be lots of seeds embedded in the deep kết thúc of the pulp as well, so don’t miss them. (I have to say that this whole process is a bit tedious.)Cut up the yuja into sections (e.g. Four quadrant). Separate the pulp from the peel & put the pulp into a bowl. You might use a teaspoon lớn give leverage. Make sure you vày this over the bowl to lớn catch any precious juice too. (Yuja is expensive và it is quite a dry citrus variety compared to lớn lemon or orange, so you will want to minimize any waste.)Remove the white pith from the peel using a sharp knife. It feels lượt thích you’re slicing some sort of fish fillet for sashimi. Discard the trắng pith. Thinly slice the outer layer (yuja rind) and set aside.

As you can imagine, this process is a bit more labor intensive than how most people would prepare yuja, but I think it is worth it.

Why? That’s because the trắng pith gives a really bitter taste. I can generally tolerate mild bitterness of any food but when I made some batches of yuja tea leaving the white pith on, the tea was very unpleasant lớn drink because of its bitter taste.

So if you’re as picky as I am và don’t think you can tolerate a bitter tea, I recommend you to remove trắng pith of the yuja following the steps above.

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SUGAR and SUGAR SUBSTITUTES

Earlier on I mentioned that, typically yuja-cheong is made with yuja, sugar and/or honey at 1 to 1 ratio.

After doing 5-6 rounds of testing, it turns out that, my preference is using 100% white sugar rather than using other sweeteners (e.g. Raw sugar, honey or coconut sugar). My second preference being raw sugar.

I was actually surprised by this because in general, I try to use less processed sugar và go with more natural forms of sweetener.

What I liked about using white sugar is that it did not overpower the citron flavor. Also, the color of the tea was about right when I served it.

I know some people might choose honey instead of sugar. But you will find that the flavor and the fragrance of honey is a bit overpowering, so you might not appreciate the natural fragrance & flavor of the citron.

Of course, if you don’t mind about all these, by all means go for it. You can even do 50% sugar and một nửa honey. Or at different ratios. I didn’t have enough yuja to demo all these variations. 🙂

Another thing worth mention is that, while I was researching for “healthy sugar”, I discovered coconut sugar that’s been praised for its health benefits by many health websites.

But lớn my disappointment, coconut sugar was by far the worst substitute for sugar or honey in this recipe as far as the tea taste is concerned.

It tasted more lượt thích a medicine! vì chưng you get the picture?

If you used an alternative khung of sweetener for this recipe, please share what you used and how it turned out. We’d love lớn know!

Now onto the recipe.

INGREDIENTS FOR HOMEMADE YUJA-CHEONG (CITRON MARMALADE)

240g / 8.4 ounces yuja (yuzu) fruit240g / 8.4 ounces white sugar (or your choice of sweetener)

* The fruit lớn sugar ratio is 1 lớn 1.

** The above ingredients should fit in 490ml / 16 ozball mason preserving jar (wide mouth). It is enough for 10 – 15 serves.

HOW to MAKE YUJA-CHEONG

1. Sterilize a glass jar in a pot of boiling water.

2. Rinse the yuja fruit in running water. You may use bi-carb soda and/or coarse salt to scrub the yuja skin. Pat dry yuja with some paper towels.

3. Separate the yuja – rind, pulp và juice, pith & seeds. Discard the pith and seeds. Thinly slice the yuja rind in even shapes & sizes. If you need more tips on this step, refer above “Tips for Preparing Yuja for Marmalade”.

4. Blend the yuja pulp & juice (but not the rind) in a mixer or blender. (Depending on the volume of yuja-cheong you’re making, you may need to use a handheld blender instead).

5. Combine the blended yuja with sugar in a clean bowl and mix them well. Place the sliced yuja rind in the sterilized jar then pour over the yuja và sugar mixture. Stir with a clean teaspoon.

6. Close the lid & sit the jar at room temperature until the sugar dissolves. Depending on the volume, it may take a few days khổng lồ dissolve all the sugar. During this time, stir the yuja-cheong using a clean teaspoon everyday.

7. Transfer the jar into the fridge until used up. The marmalade taste improves as times goes by. (i.e. It tastes better from week 1 to 2 of making it. Also the subtle bitterness improves from week 3 of making it.)

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INGREDIENTS FOR YUJA TEA (YUZU TEA)

1 cup water (hot or cold)

HOW khổng lồ MAKE YUJA TEA (KOREAN CITRON TEA)

Dissolve 2-3 teaspoonfuls of yuja-cheong (yuja marmalade) into a cup of water. Serve. (You can eat the yuja rind if you wish.)

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HOW lớn STORE YUJA-CHEONG

As long as you sterilized the jar properly, you should be able khổng lồ keep the marmalade in the fridge for up lớn two months.

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